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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tote on Fire on: February 24, 2014 08:05:48 AM
I knew when I saw this tote on the cover of Crochet Today!, Feb/Mar 2014 issue that I had to make it!  

side so you can see small, side motifs

Pattern Used: Cargo Tote by Kristin Omdahl
Yarn Used: Red Heart Boutique Eclipse, Colorway Sunset (about 2.5 skeins)
Hook Used: H hook

It was a fun pattern with interesting construction.  It also ends up being a nice size tote; in the pic I have 2 one-pound skeins tucked inside.  And I have to say I adored this yarn; sadly it is being discontinued.
12   / CROCHET / Past Crochet Inspirations Posts on: February 21, 2014 08:07:53 AM
Home of Crochet Inspirations Past
13  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Crochetalong News -Grab Your Hook & Join the Fun! (NEW one added Jan. 31) on: January 13, 2014 10:42:19 AM
Hello Crochet Craftsters! Grin  A crochetalong is tons of fun and can keep you on track for your crocheting goals.  Why not join or start one of your own?!  I'll be checking into the Crochetalong Board and will post fun, fab, and/or new crochetalongs.

~*NEW*~ Jan. 31, 2014: 14 hat in 2014 hosted by that1girl (inspiration pattern links included)

Jan. 13, 2014: 2014 Wool-Eater Crochetalong hosted by pinkleo (includes free pattern & tutorial links)

14  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / 2014 Wool-Eater-Along (pattern & tutorials links provided) on: January 13, 2014 10:33:45 AM
Hello fabulous crocheters!  I thought for 2014 we could have a Wool-Eater-Along.  For those of you who have not tried a Wool-Eater pattern yet, I think you will find it tons of fun. The Wool-Eater (aka Bavarian Stitch, Catherine Wheel w/Post Stitch, Wheel Stitch) is a great way to use up oddballs and destash (because who doesn't need a bit of destash every once in awhile).  You can use this pattern to create blankets, motifs, pillows, potholders, and more.  I hope you join me, I'll get pics up of my first-ever Wool-Eater blankie soon.  I can't wait to see everyone's color palettes and creations. Grin

by KarinvdB

Free Pattern & Tutorial Links

Our Completed Wool-Eater Projects Links
--that1girl: Finding Nemo Wool-Eater
--Solitaire: Red, White, Black 54" Wooleater
--devilduck: Red Heart Aspen, Country Blue, Frosty Green, Buff, and Brown Wooleater
--pinkleo: Baby Boy Wooleater
--that1girl: Purple, Grey, and White Wooleater
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Projects that Rocked in 2013 on: January 12, 2014 08:28:49 PM

Here are the top projects that you thought ROCKed 2013.
Thanks for hitting "This Rocks!", and thanks to the following artists for sharing their work:

three generation afghan by dulcet

Crochet Coat - Aztec Sun Mandala And Granny Squares by babukatorium

Reef by Glamis

Star Wars Blanket by devilduck

Space Invaders Afghan by azabuey

Tree of life afghan by Ednarb

Despicable Me Minion hat by bethntim

1 Up Blanket 2.5 years in the making by misskohaku

Crochet Cherry Blossom Baby Blanket by AliciaAdalaide

Crocheted Poptab Breadbasket by Lille

Congratulations to all the featured projects of 2013!
And Happy Hooking in 2014 everyone! Grin
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread on: October 12, 2013 12:27:33 PM
Since discovering I was gluten-intolerant, I have been weary of true gluten-free baking...So many flours and different/odd ingredients!  And I have attempted some GF baking, but it ended in disaster...either not edible or the texture was just bleh!  But I decided to face my fear and try again.  The holidays are coming, so I attempted pumpkin bread.  I love pumpkin bread, and I did fear that this recipe would not stand up.  But it has a fab  taste and great texture (which I discovered really matters to me).  I am proud to present my No Fear, GF Pumpkin Bread.  (Sidenote: my kiddos ate this and liked it...they didn't know it was GF...of course now I have to hide it)

My GF pumpkin bread recipe (which I frankensteined from a lot of various recipes)
--note, not super sweet, so adjust with more sugar if you like--
2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour (for this batch I used Tom Sawyer All-Purpose Flour which has xanthan gum in mix )
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger)
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin (make sure not pumpkin pie filling)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (optional, I used pecans)

Preheat oven to 350F. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spice, and salt. In large bowl, mix together milk, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, butter, and sugar. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix well. Fold in nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan (9x5x3”). Bake 55 minutes.

Next time I'm planning on mixing in some dried fruit with nuts....cranberries or raisins.

~*pinned to Craftster's Gluten-Free Cooking, Recipes, and Tips Pinterest Board*~
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Back to Hogwarts 4 Gallery on: August 31, 2013 02:31:46 PM
Back to Hogwarts 4 Gallery

~*Sendout Date Friday, October 4, 2012!*~ 
REMEMBER: When you send, label message as "SENT: Hogwarts swap". (don't forget to include your DC#).  Send this message to your team leader and your partner.  When you receive, label message as "RECEIVED: Hogwarts swap".  Send this message to your team leader and your partner.

Potions Class: Professor pinkleo
* Audania1 ---> pinkleo
pinkleo ---> Audania1 (by DC#)

FiberAlchemist ---> chughes225
chughes225---> FiberAlchemist

* pottermouth ---> patty_o_furniture
* patty_o_furniture ---> pottermouth

* mariak ---> Avesthel
* Avesthel ---> mariak

Abbeeroad ---> MamanTattoo
MamanTattoo ---> Abbeeroad

* whenindoubtsew ---> artista83
* artista83 ---> whenindoubtsew

DragonChilde ---> ZombriNation (by DC#)
ZombriNation ---> DragonChilde

* motherconfessor ---> CabinArts
* CabinArts  ---> motherconfessor

motherconfessor ---> hardyswanton01
hardyswanton01 ---> motherconfessor

Status Color Codes
Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Howlers will be sent!

Purple = Received & Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures NOT Posted
Kiss = Picture Posted by Sender (THANK YOU!)

Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative= 2 weeks since sendouts & no package sent
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK (please, oh please, no glowy red peeps)

~* Portkey to Discussion Thread *~
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED-HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ End of Term Feast Dec.5-10 on: August 31, 2013 02:27:02 PM
Harry Potter Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~

The Fall Semester lasted 91 days.
50 Students were enrolled at Hogwarts.
436 Projects were Posted!!

That is an amazing average of around 5 projects a day and 9 projects per student!

~*Begins September 1, 2013*~
~*Ends November 30, 2013*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be “Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make. 
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind the wise words of Deputy Headmistress jennieingram, "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft." 

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: FALL-September, October, November; WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.
---What is the Magic Quill?  Ah, you must have heard about that from your headmistress.  She is referring to updating the completed project list by using the tinyurl website.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Fall 2013 HPC Pinterest Page
Headmistress Tower
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Badge Station
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Kitchen Elf Recipe Index
SPEW Bulletin Board

House Keys
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Common Room

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Dungeon 5 Potions
Study of Anciet Runes
Wizarding Tests Exam Room

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~
Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit the The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Fall HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House
Hufflepuff Head of House
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House TechnicolorAquahearts

SPEW President Ant Bee

Potions Professor FiberAlchemist
Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf Audania1

Badge Baronesses pinkleo
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~
Audania1, BadWolf314, CraftyLadyMJ, ErinAquaheart, lelyonna, midkiffsjoy, Mistress Jennie, Moonflame, netchez, noodle-bug, patty_o_furniture, pinkleo, pottermouth, TechnicolorAquahearts, tiamatfire, and travelgirl

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor

~*I want to express my gratitude to the HPKCHC on Ravelry which was the inspiration point for the craftalong.*~
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: August 16, 2013 12:02:23 PM

Where we can chat about the games & battles, show off progress pics, ask questions, grrrrrr about our crafty woes.  Wayward posts will be moved to appropriate threads when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Battles in order!

Fall Nerd Games will run September 3, 2013 through November 30, 2013
Winter Nerd Battles will run December 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014
Spring Nerd Battles will run March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2013
Summer Nerd Games will return June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED:Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- on: August 16, 2013 12:01:10 PM

Welcome to the Fall Nerd Battles Arena!
I, pinkleo, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Fall Nerd Battles welcomes all players from the Nerdyverse to join!  The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the games.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?   I think John Green describes quite well...
“…nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. ...when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”  ...I think we are all part of the Nerdyverse. Cool

Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of challenges, for you to complete.
--You complete a challenge with crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how craft fits challenge prompt. 
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission. 
--A project can only be submitted for one challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories).
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy" to fit a challenge; it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Challenges must be started & completed during the Fall Nerd Battles, unless otherwise noted.
--There will be SO MUCH to do in the Fall Nerd Battles.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom. 
--We are never mean. 
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG-PG13). 
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards). 
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting Head Gamemaker pinkleo with your questions, concerns, or ideas.

About Teams
--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home in more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may change teams each new season, but you cannot switch during a season.
--Portal to Team Descriptions--.

For each challenge/battle, use this header:
Battle/Challenge: for challenges please include month & category
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

---Point System---
--Challenges & Battles will earn 20 points. unless otherwise denoted.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for the following...
--Engineering: New Tutorial, Pattern, or Recipe posted on Craftster Boards (link must be given)
--Giver: Charity Projects
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.

Research Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take 3 or more weeks to complete.  They must be submitted for approval so that Gamemakers can track timeline and encourage your successful completion.  You will detail what your plan is and how it will take the allotted time to complete.  If your Research Project is a surprise, such as swap project, you may submit your Research Plan to the Head Gamemaker.  --Portal to Research Project Lab--

--This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, Completed Project oooos & ahhhs.---  For discussions, chatting,& progress pics, head over to the Nerd Battles Discussion.  Posts will be moved to appropriate threads when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Battles in order! Kiss

At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.

PORTALS to Team Headquarters
--Team Textbook--

Official Fall Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: pinkleo
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator: BadWolf314
--Pinterest Pinster: Calabaza

Official Fall Nerd Battles Pinterest Board
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